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New Android security flaw could lead to stolen financial details

Android LogoA new flaw in Android security could potentially leads to stolen financial and personal details. It is all thanks to a “fake ID” style malware system that can sneak into other apps, undetected.

For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.

Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.

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Google’s new quest: The human body

  • 25/07/2014 at 23:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

GoogleGoogle has embarked on an ambitious new project that would attempt to map the human body, and find out what defines health in our species.

The project, which will take genetic and molecular data from groups of anonymous subjects, will be used to find a what creates the ultimate healthy human. They are calling it Baseline Study, and it shows a new direction for Google that proves they are looking to tap into every possible industry.

Dr Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist who is best known for his work with HIV, has been with Google X for a year. During that time, he has been building a team and preparing for this new line of research, funded by the Google brand.

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KickStarter: Sense wants to help you sleep the smart way

KickStarter Sense Sleep SmartPeople don’t sleep much anymore. There have been many studies that show this, as well as those that claim we sleep too much regardless of the number of hours. Maybe the problem isn’t the amount we sleep, but the quality of the zzz’s we are getting. An issue that Sense wants to correct.

Sense is a gadget currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It is a two-piece device. One is a sphere that monitors the environment for movement, sound, light and other elements, provides white noise or sounds on request, and functions as an alarm. The second is a tiny “pill” that clips onto your pillow to monitor your own movement through the night, and when you slip in and out of REM.

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NVIDIA announces SHIELD gaming tablet

  • 23/07/2014 at 15:42 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gaming

Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and ControllerNVIDIA has announced their own tablet, a device meant to provide a high quality gaming experience.

The gaming industry has seen real advances, in everything from graphics and gameplay, just in the past year. From virtual reality to consoles that provide almost ridiculously realistic art, gaming has changed in ways that used to be science fiction.

NVIDIA is not on a mission to take that same concept to the world of mobile devices. SHIELD is a series aimed specifically at games, rather than as a broader media device.

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IndieGoGo: Meet JIBO, the friendly family robot

  • 19/07/2014 at 23:25 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Jibo Family RobotRobotics have been making leaps and bounds, but their applications as an actual consumer product have been limited. Until now, thanks an IndieGoGo funded project called JIBO.

Created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal of MIT, JIBO is being hailed as the first “family” robot. It is meant as more than an appliance, the crowdfunded project explains. It is a companion, meant to simulate realistic interaction and tailor itself to the personality of the humans around it.

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Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers and will end Android experiment

MicrosoftMicrosoft has followed up their email on the new productivity focus of the company with a far more alarming set of messages from Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. It looks like a lot of people will be losing their jobs.

Just a few months after taking up Nokia and beginning their own Android experiment, Microsoft is cutting back on funding for the project. That includes the slashing of 18,000 jobs, a massive cut that could begin as early as this week. A full 12,500 of those jobs are coming directly from the merged Nokia workforce.

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Phone Unlocking Bill passes US Senate

Girl PhoneThe US Senate has passed a bill that makes it legal for smartphone owners to unlock their phones to use on different networks, regardless of carrier approval.

It has been a controversial practice for some time. Phone unlocking in the past had to be done by carrier approval, something that many argued was a violation of the rights of the phone’s owner. If they bought the phone, they should have the right to use it as they choose.

That argument has now become the reality, after a law was voted on that puts control back in the hands of the consumer.

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